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Forum: History 12 January 2011, 09:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 39,966
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant The problem with changing from a cash-crop to a...

The problem with changing from a cash-crop to a food-crop is that it would lead to economic depression. Food is necessary (obviously!) but, economically, it isn't very flexible. There isn't that...
Forum: Inboxer Rebellion 12 January 2011, 02:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,411
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant The state is broke, and the people refuse to...

The state is broke, and the people refuse to increase taxes.

Don't tax me, don't tax thee, tax the guy behind the tree.

Well, traffic violators are "the guy behind the tree." And, as AnglRdr...
Forum: Crime 30 December 2010, 10:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 390,603
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Well, I do know from first-hand experience that...

Well, I do know from first-hand experience that SOME publicly operated devices have "secret" codes that put them into maintenance mode, which allows them to be opened for purposes of re-stocking...
Forum: History 19 December 2010, 12:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,447
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Winged Monkey says what I was gonna say: the...

Winged Monkey says what I was gonna say: the story wasn't "made up" by yellow journalists, but came from first hand sources. If it wasn't true, there were lots and lots of opportunities for the...
Forum: Fauxtography 12 December 2010, 12:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 24,263
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Looks like a football player... Silas

Looks like a football player...

Silas
Forum: Urban Legends 30 October 2010, 08:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 23,531
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Stephen Jay Gould writes about this in one of his...

Stephen Jay Gould writes about this in one of his essays (...well, that's how I remember it, anyway! :) ) He had an absolutely vivid memory of sitting on the steps with a beloved relative...but,...
Forum: Fauxtography 26 October 2010, 11:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,272
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Not certain about heat; I've handled freshly-shot...

Not certain about heat; I've handled freshly-shot slugs, and they were only warm to the touch.

(The Bad Astronomer mentions meteorites falling to earth -- being ice cold!)

ganzfeld: rotating...
Forum: Fauxtography 26 October 2010, 10:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,272
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Um... I'm gonna need you to prove that. If I...

Um... I'm gonna need you to prove that. If I take a bullet, and spin it while it is lying down, it spins nicely...but it does not rise up to spin vertically. That only happens with tops of certain...
Forum: Fauxtography 23 October 2010, 02:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,272
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant What ganzfeld referred to were the kinds of tops...

What ganzfeld referred to were the kinds of tops that right themselves. If you spin them upside down, they invert their attitude to spin "rightside up." Only certain kinds of tops will do this; a...
Forum: Fauxtography 22 October 2010, 04:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,272
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant I think tops have to be of a certain shape to...

I think tops have to be of a certain shape to flip rightside-up if you spin them. Tops are usually convex in shape -- sort of turnip-shaped -- and this bullet is very strictly cylindrical.

I...
Forum: Fauxtography 22 October 2010, 01:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,272
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant The bullet exhibits an odd meta-stability. It...

The bullet exhibits an odd meta-stability. It jerks and jumps around, but always falls back exactly into the same place. Seems to me a real spinning metal object would fall away from stability; it...
Forum: Religion 17 October 2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 39,911
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Mr. Billion: there's been a bit of loose talk...

Mr. Billion: there's been a bit of loose talk lately about preventing the Manhattan Mosque from being built by contaminating the site with pork products. In another snopes thread, there is...
Forum: Religion 06 October 2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Aye! Here, we are in total agreement! I like a...

Aye! Here, we are in total agreement! I like a set of laws that can change as circumstances do. I like the fact that we can experiment with our laws, trying out the prohibition of alcohol, and...
Forum: Religion 05 October 2010, 02:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant With all due respect, that simply isn't what the...

With all due respect, that simply isn't what the phrase means. It implies an interactive and ongoing process -- I can pick and choose which buffet items to put on my tray, and I can make that choice...
Forum: Religion 02 October 2010, 12:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Um, no. We changed the law. We can do that. ...

Um, no. We changed the law. We can do that. For a period of time, under the 18th Amendment, Congress had the power to pass laws forbidding the importation, production, and sale of alcoholic...
Forum: Religion 02 October 2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Well, can it be done entirely within the law? ...

Well, can it be done entirely within the law? For instance, a protester might drop a slice of ham from his sandwich onto the sidewalk outside the construction site -- entirely on public property --...
Forum: Religion 02 October 2010, 12:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Huh? Heck no! I said: it's a crime, and, worse,...

Huh? Heck no! I said: it's a crime, and, worse, it's a "hate crime." I said it ought to be prosecuted.

My view is that it is not a wise feature of a religion to have a susceptibility to...
Forum: Religion 01 October 2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 58,896
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Well, but those two examples are real and...

Well, but those two examples are real and concrete. Herbicide actually changes the soil; the swastika is visible to everyone.

Much of the pork contamination is "magical." It outlasts the...
Forum: Business 21 September 2010, 09:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 15,142
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Way cool! Fascinating history! My sister was...

Way cool! Fascinating history! My sister was closer to right than I had thought she was, as "Lilli" is clearly "sexy" if not formally "sexual." Fun! Thank you!

Silas
Forum: Business 20 September 2010, 02:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 15,142
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Barbie based on German sex toy?

This came out of the blue; my sister said that the Barbie fashion doll was based on the design of a German "sex doll." Anybody ever hear anything like this? (Naturally, she couldn't remember the...
Forum: Medical 19 September 2010, 02:56 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 209,588
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant No. That would tell us if the anaesthesia was...

No. That would tell us if the anaesthesia was the cause, but the numbers do exist for: "Of the X times this surgery has been performed, Y patients have died." Leaving out obvious other causes,...
Forum: Medical 19 September 2010, 12:44 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 209,588
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant I agree that it doesn't really provide me with...

I agree that it doesn't really provide me with "useful" information. But since the number does exist, and since he apparently knew it, he should have told it to me, properly framed with disclaimers....
Forum: Medical 18 September 2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 209,588
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant I love the "logical" fields of math, like set...

I love the "logical" fields of math, like set theory, or number theory, or even classical Euclidean geometry: the fields that you construct proofs that rather resemble arguments in law!


...
Forum: Medical 18 September 2010, 06:37 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 209,588
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant I tried to tell the anaethesiologist that I did...

I tried to tell the anaethesiologist that I did understand statistics, and knew the meaning of experimental probability, etc. He just dug in his heels.

I have, at different times, heard two...
Forum: Politics 17 September 2010, 02:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,812
Posted By Silas Sparkhammer
Whalephant Ah! I was seeing "estate" as having to do with...

Ah! I was seeing "estate" as having to do with "real estate," not a deceased's legacy. Apologies.

Silas
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